The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, January 16, 1897, Image 1

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The real question which decided voters
in the recent election was not so much
free silver, as the clause: "Without wait
ing for the aid or consent of any other
nation," and the fear of what Mr.
Bryan'3 fearlessness would cause him to
do and to undo if he should be elected
president. There are very few writers,
' T do not kooav of any eminent ones, on
tho subject of money who do not admit
that bimetalism would bo of inconciev
able benefit to the race. They are only
doubtful if the commerce of the United
States has gained volume and impetus
enough to carry it over the chasm which
a national change in tho standard of
value would create.
The composition of the monetary
conference now in session at Indianapo
lis id encouraging. Instead of profes
sional politicians, those present are
heads of commercial establishments,
merchants, manufacturers, importers,
railroad presidents and bankers. It is
useless to hope that these men can or
will pass resolutions favoring bimetal
ism, national or international. The
fear of disturbing a confidence which
they hope is about to be restored will
restrain them. The presence of repre
sentative and successful
ever, who, all over tho country as well
as in Lincoln, voted for fiee silver
will modify resolutions which the gold
bugs may attempt to pass.
Nothing is more certain than that the
silver campaign has begun again and
will last the four j ears between now and
tne next president unless the republican
leaders release themselves from party
chains and consider the question in re
lation to the situation on its merits.
It is well known that the dry goods
and clothing merchants and furniture
dealers in Lincoln are in favor of free
silver. The habit of dealing in articles of
household uso aud of daily wear
quickens the sympathies of merchants
with the people they arc in contact .vith.
The successful ones havo studied the
market and tho needs and fancies of
buyers until they are mediums in a way.
They can go east and buy goods in
quantity and quality to supply their
customers for the next season without
paying much attention to tho recom
mendations of the eastern jobber. They
know what their local market haBbeen
and they can feel what it will be. The
banker knows the merchant and tho
merchant knows tho people. He is
generally in sjmpatby with them and
seldom comes to a wrong conclusion
when the people forms the major
Mr. Bryan's advice to bimetalic clubs
to name themselves after a principle
and not after him is sound and far see
ing. '1 he people are easily tired and a
Bryan club in every large cityof the Unit
ed States would deprive his 1000 boom of
the novelty which was so largo apart of
the recent campaign. And why should
he or any one else, sow oats to be fed to
the dark horse of 1900? It will not be
his fault if he is called "that everlasting
Bryan" in the summer of 1809. Although
he is a man of destiny and he knows it,
he U not reckless or foolhardy, lie takes
just as good care not to force his pre
mature boomlet as though he had not
in a vision seen it grow and grow till it
covered the country.
The thinkers on municipal concerns
who in last Sunday's Journal expressed
their idea of tho kind of man who
6hould be mayor agree upon one thing,
viz.: that he should have managed his
own business successfully. Carlyle said
that truly great men could do every
thing well from a sonnet to planning a
campaign. Grant was the greatest
general, and came very near to writing
the best book of a decade. Crosspatch
Carljle started with Shakespeare, (who
cannot be said to prove anything except
miracles,) and picked out the men of all
time who couid do many and diverse
things well. In our own day we have
Du Maurier, P. llopkinson Smith and
the chancellors of state universities. On
tho other hand Burns was a failure at
farming though history sajshewas a
good commissioner of something which
required as much ability as the majors
of Lincoln have been in the habit of
using for the transaction of city busi
ness. Business is business excepting
when it comes to city affairs which have
been controlled by a different set of
principles. For instance O. V. Webster
has been in business in Lincoln for
fifteen or twenty years in all probabili
ty ho makes it a rule to buy
within a safe margin and to keep
his expenses within his income.
He has the reputation of not entering
into obligations he cannot meet. With
all bis reputation and experience it is
not certain that ho would sot his face
against the precedent and order the
affairB of tho city for tho good or tho
city with entiro disregard to all other
intluences and pulls. To do this re
quires a tougher fiber than the ordinary
man possesses and ho who claims to be
extraordinary is probably a fal e. How
ever the rule that a man must have suc
ceeded in his own business before ho can
bo eligible to the mayor ility is n good
ono to follow though it is still possible,
because of the boulcversement of busi
ness principles in city management, for
a good businessman to bo a poor mayor.
Tho following from tho Call of Janu
ary 11th expn sscs the views of most of
the people who have had any experience
wih Herpolsheimer & Co:
"A merchant ceatainly becomes de
praved in hid effort to defraud tho
public, when the pcstaiastcr is foiced to
throw an edition of u weekly paper con
taining his lottery ad out of tne mail
becaure of the merchant's violation of
law. This is exactly what happened to
Herr HerpoUheimer.
"The State Journal refused to run his
ad because of its violation of the U. S.
lottery laws, and the Arbiter Zeitung
was thrown out of the mail. Yet Herr
Herpolsheimer is supposed to bo an
honest merchant doing an honest busi
ness, but in an absolutely dishonest
manner, however.
"A merchant who has been enjoined
by the courts because of wilful violation
of his own lease contracts with friendly
tenants, and who permits his angry
passions to rise because, the postofllce
will not permit hiB lottery ads to go
through the mails, ought to be found
out after a while, for he is quite liable
to practice tho same methods with his
Herpolsheimer & Co. had a writ'en
contract with Funke & Ogden in which
they agreed not to sell china goods in
their part of the store. Yet they kept
on sale salt cellars, cut glass rose bowls,
vases and plates of various kinds, a
duplication of parts of the stock of
Funke & Ogden and in direct violation
of their contract with them. On a
recent occasion Mr. Herpolsheinier
placed samples of Boots and shoes be
tween and in front of Funke Ogden'a
show window, partially obscuring their
chinaware exhibit.
These are only a few of the instances
of Mr. Herpolsheimer's ideas of the law
of contract.
The suspicion that the suicide of Mr.
Henry Zehrucg wrs caused by financial
trouble hae brought the creditors down
in a chattle mortgage tackle upon ..
house apparently prospering. What
ever be the lesult of investigation, the
friends of Mr. Zehrung have a confi
dence in him strengthened by their
knowledge of him as a quiet, fervent
man. faithful to the obligations which
ho made to them and therefore faithful
to all. Insanity lies so near sanity that
none of us know at what timo wo may
lose our power to draw conclusionr and
to choose the best courso when catastio
pho makes death tempting. Mr.
Zehrung was intensely disappointed
over the result of tho election. Ho felt
that the gold standard was an inreas
ing menace to every business and that it
wa no u6o to strugglo uny longer and
ho gave it up. Whether his dispnir
amounted to insanity wu shall nover
Tto twenty first anniversary of tho
pastorate of Rev. Lewis Gregory was
celebrated last Sunday and Monday.
Such a tribute U paid to few men and is
of especially rare occurrence ii Nebras
ka where teachers and ministers aro not
often able to celebrate an anniversary of
five years. Many members of his own
congregation were ign. rant of tho hon
orable place which Mr. Gregory holds
in tho estimation of the Congregation
alists of the state and country and tho
pleasantest feature of the cel.bration
was the testimony of tho congregational
ministers to Mr. Gregory's excellenco
and standing in the profession.
The Nebraska Stato Horticultural
Society opened its twenty-ninth annual
meeting at tho State University on
Tuesday. The program was juicy and
spicy, and the attendance was good.
The meetings lasted from Tuesday to
Thurbday. Besides the papers and lec
tures and discussions there was a large
display of fruit, espectally that from tho
irrigated portion in Western Nebraska,
which surprised even the growers
themselves. Tho horticultural associa
tion is one of tho oldest and most pro
gressive of the associations of tho state.
It looks as though the ice crop would
be short this winter. Artificial ice is of
course best for drinking and family re
frigerator purposes but it is too ex
pensive for refrigerator cars and for
cold storage establishments. The use
of ice has increased so in the last few
years that the Italian winters of Ne
braska have become denlorable, and so
far we do not get enough invalids to pay
the difference.
At the recent inauguration of Gov.
Springer of Illinois tho committee on
arrangements prevented ex Gov. AltgelJ
from speaking the speech which he had
prepared and already sent to the news
papers. Those who were concerned in
the discourtesy are now trying to lay it
to accident. The speech which was
printod in tha Tuesday napers is full of
gentleness, charity and honesty. Ho
was the bugaboo of the paragraph
writers and the stump speak
ers of the past campaign. But
the author of this speech and their man
are evidently not the same. In direct
sim ; le sentences ho expresses his devo
tion to the law of the country. Hera
arj sotr.e of the things he meant to say